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Beccles Town Council

We are a Council committed to learning about developments in mental health and working towards eliminating stigma. I am a Time To Change Champion and have held a couple of events in the town including a Mental Health Week during the last week of January which we hope will be an annual event. I will be training to be a Mental Health First Aid Instructor this year for Young People and will be going into schools and youth clubs encouraging young people to sign a pledge to talk about mental health conditions and the stresses of general daily living. The Council's main aim is to become a Community that challenges the stigma of mental health and encourages the people living, working and visiting here to become more open, understanding and compassionate.

It was natural for me to become a Champion as my passion has been mental health for a long time. Our Councillors are fully supportive in our aim to challenge and eliminate the stigma surrounding the conditions.
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"As the Mental Health Champion for Oldham Council I will be promoting mental health issues within Oldham. My role will help to influence the way Oldham Council tackles mental health issues and dispelling the myths and misconceptions around mental health. I will be working closely with key services to help ensure that work to improve mental health is given the priority it deserves." Odham Council

Mental Health Facts

Mental ill health affects us all

  • One in five of us has a mental health condition at any one time.
  • Around half of people with lifetime mental health problems experience the first symptoms before the age of 14.
  • Only a quarter of people with a mental health condition receive any treatment for it.
  • Nine out of ten people in prison have at least one mental health problem. Almost a quarter of prisoners have a mental illness that requires specialist treatment.
  • Mental ill health has an economic and social cost of £105bn a year.
  • Mental illness accounts for 28% of the total burden of disease but only 13% of NHS spending.
  • Untreated mental ill health adds around £10 billion a year to the cost of physical health care for people with long-term conditions.
  • People with severe and enduring mental health conditions die on average 20 years earlier than those without.
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